The D5500 at a glance

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Shut­ter but­ton

Black is the new sil­ver, or so it seems. The D5500 is the only cam­era on test to fea­ture a black shut­ter release but­ton rather than a shiny sil­ver one.

Fin­ger grip

Al­though less rounded than that of the D5300, the slim­mer un­der­ly­ing body re­sults in a larger grip sur­face.

Slim body

Viewed from the top, the slim­ness of the body com­pared with other D-SLRs on test be­comes ap­par­ent. It’s even more ob­vi­ous when view­ing the cam­eras from un­derneath.

Mode dial

The shoot­ing mode dial is greatly sim­pli­fied by omit­ting all scene mode set­tings, and group­ing them un­der a sin­gle Scene op­tion.

LCD screen

The LCD matches the D5300’s in terms of its 3.2-inch size, 1,037,000pixel res­o­lu­tion, and full ar­tic­u­la­tion, but the ad­di­tion of touch­screen con­trol is a big bonus.

Info but­ton

With less body depth to play with, the Info but­ton has been moved from be­hind the shut­ter release but­ton on the top sur­face, and repo­si­tioned at the rear, next to the screen.

Flash, Fn and drive

The lay­out of the flash, func­tion and drive mode but­tons on the right (look­ing from the front) is the same as in the D5300.

Com­mand dial

Un­like the other D-SLRs in the group, the com­mand dial at the rear right is ex­posed, in­stead of shrouded by the body shell.


The graph­i­cal na­ture of the on­screen in­ter­face is more like that of the D3300 than the D5300, and is a wel­come change.

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